Shaping Housing Solutions for Millennials & Seniors
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 8 p.m. CDT
Norwich, CT, United States
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This program will bring two nationally-known experts to eastern CT to will help attendees evaluate the adequacy of local housing development policies and regulations. The first speaker, Jennifer Molinsky from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, will present data on the characteristics of existing households, which already include a large share of individuals living alone. She will also speak to expected future housing needs that will include more small households who need or prefer to be in areas well-served by services and close to community amenities like entertainment, shopping, and public transportation. The second keynote speaker, Karen Parolek, is an architect who specializes in small, multi-family housing projects that are designed to fit in lower-density suburban communities. Karen’s talk will focus not just on design but also about the process for evaluating community housing goals and adjusting regulations to allow more types of development. A discussion panel consisting of a local developer, attorney, and land use commissioner will evaluate how this information pertains to local municipalities and will discuss potential solutions, as well as roadblocks to implementation. Attendees will have multiple opportunities to ask questions of the speakers throughout the program.
1) Attendees will understand demographic projections which show declining household sizes and an increase in older single adults living alone.
2) Attendees will learn about best practices for guiding communities through a community discussion about housing goals and implementation of zoning regulations to meet those goals (especially to expand the types of housing allowed in a community).
3) Attendees will learn about the specific housing and community needs and preferences of different generational cohorts and the expected impacts of shifting preferences on the market for existing housing.
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